So as some of you may know, some of my work was exhibited two weeks ago. My work consisted of postcards, containing memories or thoughts about my home town on the north-east coast of Scotland. I’ve not visited this place since I moved down to Edinburgh in 2011 (Between uni, and working it’s hard to find the time or money to!) After siting down and writing my postcards, I felt very homesick once again- and somewhat nostalgic. So instead of my usual tactic of ‘think of anything but home’, I decided to ‘cuddle’ my homesickness and put together a playlist of the kind of music I listened to in 2006+
Nostalgia & Dealing with homesickness (playlist)April 9, 2014
As you could probably tell, I wasn’t one of the ‘cool kids’ at school. I spent way too much time on the internet, and so was constantly listening to music (I lost the password to my old YouTube account- there would be some brilliant playlists saved on there). This playlist is a good representative of my teenage-soundtrack.Doing this has actually really helped, instead of banning myself from thinking about the past, I’ve just let it in and remembered all the good times I’ve had. And while it’s sad that I rarely see the people I had those times with, I have amazing memories and I shouldn’t let my longing for times past take those memories away from me.
If your struggling with homesickness, or just miss being a teenager (I know I do!) I think putting together a playlist that only contains music you used to listen to can help. And know, a tear or two can help too! Music is really emotive to me, so listening to this playlist the first time, I really did get upset, but now when I listen, I’m just really happy- It’s nice to, after 3 years, finally be able to say I have a good way to deal with my homesickness (that doesn’t involve a pint of Ben & Jerrys)
Would love to know what you listened to through your teenage years! It’s amazing how many memories come flooding back the second you hear an older song. Let me know what songs do this to you!